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New App Helps Doctors Screen for Alcoholism

March 31, 2015 9:31 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

A mobile phone app that will enable doctors to screen people for harmful drinking and refer them to support services has received State Government funding. The innovation, which received funding as part of the inaugural VicHealth Innovation...

Designing Integrated Circuits for Better Hearing Aids

March 31, 2015 9:23 am | by University of Texas at Arlington | News | Comments

A University of Texas at Arlington electrical engineering researcher is developing a more efficient, low-power integrated circuit for directional hearing aids that will lead to a better quality of life for hearing impaired people. Sungyong Jung...

Brain-Controlled Devices Mimic Natural Motor Control

March 31, 2015 9:17 am | by Cognitive Neuroscience Society | News | Comments

Neuroscientists are taking inspiration from natural motor control to design new prosthetic devices that can better replace limb function. In new work, researchers have tested a range of brain-controlled devices - from wheelchairs to robots...

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A 3D Human Skin Map

March 31, 2015 9:11 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences used information collected from hundreds of skin swabs to produce three-dimensional maps of molecular and microbial variations across...

'Wikipedia' for Neurons Indexes Physiological Information

March 31, 2015 9:01 am | by Jocelyn Duffy, Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

The decades worth of data that has been collected about the billions of neurons in the brain is astounding. To help scientists make sense of this “brain big data,” researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have used data mining to create...

3 Tips for Managing Your Medical Device Design History File

March 31, 2015 8:30 am | by Jon Speer, Co-Founder & VP of QA/RA, greenlight.guru | Blogs | Comments

Developing a cutting edge medical device can be really fun and exciting. There’s always something to test and do and learn from. You have that great feeling you’re changing the world. Documenting the development of a medical device isn't fun...

Continuity of Platforms: The Next Era of Engagement in Wearable Technology

March 30, 2015 4:33 pm | by Roeen Roashan, Analyst for Medical Technology, IHS Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Within six months of purchase, one-third of consumers put their wearable activity monitors in the sock drawer to never pick them up again. While this has been the general consensus of several user surveys, IHS does not believe this tells...

3 Ways 3D Printing Is Saving Our Four-Legged Friends

March 30, 2015 2:10 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

It’s rather sad when a beloved pet meets with an unfortunate accident that drastically hinders its quality of life. Even more heart-wrenching, there are scarce few options that would allow for a pet’s full recovery – and those options are typically too expensive...

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Microsecond Imaging Could Probe Cells and Organs for Disease

March 30, 2015 11:47 am | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | News | Comments

A vibrational spectroscopic imaging technology that can take images of living cells could represent an advanced medical diagnostic tool for the early detection of cancer and other diseases. High-speed spectroscopic imaging makes it possible...

Patented Surgical Instrument Allows Surgeons to Obtain Real Time Biopsies

March 30, 2015 11:35 am | by New York College of Health Professions | News | Comments

New York College of Health Professions announces a valuable addition to their world class Intellectual Properties portfolio with U.S. Patent #8,996,098 donated by its Chairman under the College's Intellectual Properties policy. This patent...

'Atomic Chicken-Wire' Is Key to Faster DNA Sequencing

March 30, 2015 10:17 am | by University of Melbourne | News | Comments

An unusual and very exciting form of carbon - that can be created by drawing on paper- looks to hold the key to real-time, high throughput DNA sequencing, a technique that would revolutionize medical research and testing. Led by Dr. Jiri...

'Google Maps' for the Body Zooms in on Single Cells

March 30, 2015 10:12 am | by University of New South Wales | News | Comments

A world-first UNSW collaboration that uses previously top-secret technology to zoom through the human body down to the level of a single cell could be a game-changer for medicine, an international research conference in the United States...

Assay Simultaneously Detects HIV Antibodies and Viral RNA

March 30, 2015 9:07 am | by New York University | News | Comments

New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) has received a sub-award in the amount of $335,000 from a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to complete the development...

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Recipe for Antibacterial Plastic: Add Egg Whites

March 30, 2015 8:59 am | by University of Georgia | News | Comments

Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures...

Shape-Shifting Sensor Reports Conditions from Deep in the Body

March 30, 2015 8:52 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have devised and demonstrated a new, shape-shifting probe, about one-hundredth as wide as a human hair, which is...

High-Frequency Surpasses Traditional Spinal Cord Stimulation

March 29, 2015 10:00 am | by American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) | News | Comments

The first-ever randomized, controlled trial to compare spinal cord stimulation (SCS) technologies found that high-frequency SCS using 10 kHz (HF10) exceeded lower-frequency, traditional SCS in response rate and pain relief. Further, this was...

Medtronic Completes Acquisition of Sophono

March 29, 2015 8:30 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Sophono, Inc., a privately held developer and manufacturer of innovative magnetic hearing implants in Boulder, Colorado. This acquisition enables Medtronic's Ear Nose...

Prototyping Processes are Becoming More Acceptable for Use in the Final Product

March 29, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Farm Design, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Using simulation and design software complements the building of physical prototypes. Both are critical to the development process. The typical cycles of designing, building, and testing are facilitated by having more rigorous engineering...

Next-Generation Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacements Will Drive Rapid Market Growth

March 28, 2015 10:00 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

The global market value for transcatheter heart valves will expand at an impressive Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 19.7%, from almost $881 million in 2013 to around $3.02 billion by 2020, according to research and consulting firm...

FDA Approves Blood Pump System for High-Risk Cardiac Procedures

March 28, 2015 8:30 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the Impella 2.5 System, a miniature blood pump system intended to help certain patients maintain stable heart function and circulation during certain high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention...

Organ Printing, Regulation in the Spotlight on MDT Live

March 27, 2015 3:39 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Articles | Comments

3D printing for medical devices is still a wild frontier without thorough regulation, which can both make building a product difficult and can spur innovation. Three experts sat down with Editor-in-Chief Sean Fenske this week to talk about...

Google Developing Surgical Robots

March 27, 2015 3:20 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Google-brand robots may one day be the most high-tech item in the operating room. Johnson & Johnson announced a partnership with Google on March 26 in which Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon will work alongside Google developing an advanced...

Laws That Kill Innovation Will Ultimately Kill People

March 27, 2015 2:02 pm | by Emily Cross, Ph.D., Director of Media and Communication, TecMed Inc. | Blogs | Comments

February 2014 can be defined by updated DFA proposals supporting updated standards specific to blood glucose monitor accuracy standards for devices used in both home consumer and healthcare facilities. Twelve months later, February 2015 is...

Maker of Tainted Medical Scopes Issues New Cleaning Guide

March 27, 2015 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of medical scopes that have been linked to two recent "superbug" outbreaks at California hospitals has issued new cleaning instructions for the devices amid scrutiny from regulators, lawmakers and medical professionals. Olympus...

6 Mantras for Medical Device Manufacturers

March 27, 2015 11:32 am | by Bart Reitter, Director, QAD Life Sciences | Articles | Comments

If the physician’s maxim is Primum non nocere – first, do no harm – then a similar phrase can be applied to medical device manufacturers: produce safe, high-quality products with a reasonable return on investment. Lengthier and less succinct...

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